“In 2005 I was charged with misdemeanor communicating a threat. At the court proceeding the Judge threw it out and ordered the plaintiff to pay court costs. Now after I applied for a job and answered the question of “have you ever been arrested and convicted of any criminal offense” I answered “no”, but the employer thought I lied, so I went to the courthouse and looked at my criminal record and it said “guilty” of this charge and it was signed 6 months after the court date by the judge. What steps can I take?”
Your first step should be to contact the Clerk of Court, to find out how to order a transcript of the original proceeding. Order the transcript, and make sure that it actually says that it was thrown out, without a finding of ‘guilty’. Then, assuming the transcript says what you believe it will, ask the Clerk of Court what steps you need to take to get the situation fixed. If you get nowhere there, you will need to contact a local attorney to help you to have the record corrected.